Labour reported for discrimination as men, white and straight people are banned from equality conference
A LABOUR conference on equality has been reported for discrimination after men, white and straight people were banned from it.
Young Labour, who are organising the gathering next month, have insisted only BAME, disabled, gay or female party members can attend.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has asked the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to rule on whether the edict is legal.
The row comes just two weeks after Jeremy Corbyn’s party was found guilty of unlawful discrimination over another conference.
Labour’s bid to charge black and ethnic minority members £10 less to attend its East Midlands Conference and hear the hard left leader speak was deemed wrong by the watchdog.
MP for North West Leicestershire Mr Bridgen said: “Labour are a divisive Party who want to divide people into victim groups.
“They have not learnt from the Equalities Commission ruling last month.
“The Labour Party are no longer about equality or fighting against discrimination, they have been entirely taken over by identity politics and specific groups of activists.”
White Anti-Racism Must Be Based in Solidarity, Not Altruism
President Donald Trump’s description of Africa and Haiti as shitholes preoccupied commentators with the question, “Is the president ‘a racist’?”
A New York Times headline for a David Leonhardt column implored, “Just Say It: Trump Is a Racist.” Over at CNN,Jim Acosta wasn’t quite prepared to answer Leonhardt’s plea, carefully telling Anderson Cooper, “It’s a disturbing pattern, because it seems to come back to one truth here, and that is that this president deep down may just be a racist.” Meanwhile, The New Yorker’s John Cassidy would have none of this hedging, proclaiming, “The obvious truth can no longer be avoided or sugar-coated: We have a racist in the Oval Office.”
Trump’s long record of racist speech and behavior and inclination toward racist policies restricting immigration from poor parts of the world evidently hadn’t been as conclusive as this vulgar episode.
The expletive, like its predecessor in the Access Hollywood tape, heightened the statement’s outrageousness: Presidents are supposed to be dignified, not crass; eloquent, not vulgar; decent, not filthy. But Trump’s racist remark violated an even more fundamental norm. “The main lesson most whites absorbed from the Civil Rights Movement,” tweeted sociologist Crystal Fleming, “wasn’t that they have a personal responsibility to fight systemic racism but rather, that they have a responsibility to maintain a public appearance of being ‘non-racist’ even as racism pervades their lives.”
Politicians may engineer coups d’état, brutal austerity, or covert wars in Africa and Haiti; they may enact policies that intensify poverty, incarceration, and pollution that disproportionately hurt black and brown people in the United States, but these are not sufficient to irrefutably verify that they are “a racist.” Only public speech acts can do that, since, as Fleming continued in her Twitter thread, “the problem, for many whites, isn’t white racism or dominance —the problem is a failed public performance of being ‘non-racist.’”
6 Brands that won gold in the Racism Olympics
Monkeys, n-words, and slavery, oh my!
It is the 21st century, but the corporate world seems to still be stuck in a less enlightened time as evidenced by the racist, tone-deaf, and extremely offensive advertisements and products some companies proffer.
Here’s a short “greatest hits” of some of corporate America’s most recent racist offenders. Clearly these companies did not read, print, and frame for future reference our handy dandy Dummies Guide for Avoiding Creating Racist Ads.
The offensive merchandise was removed and the retail giant issued a statement that basically said “It wasn’t me.”
The popular Swedish clothing retailer H &M started off the year with controversy after an ad surfaced featuring a Black child wearing a hoodie that said “Coolest Money in the Jungle.” Twitter was livid. Artist Chris Classic was so moved by the ordeal he manipulated the image to have a crown covering the offensive words. He also placed a crown on the young man’s head representing his kingly NOT primitive disposition.
The backlash prompted the company to issue a couple of limp apologies and eventually create a new diversity director position. Question remains, why didn’t have someone in that position before any of this ever happened?
Italian beauty brand Wycon got into hot water on an international scale when they recently released a gel nail polish shade called “Thick as a Nigga.” What color is that, exactly? You guessed it…black. Other nail polish colors in the collection have cutesy names like “Dirty Talk” and “Lap Girl,” but the black version gets the racist treatment.
Black or white, colour still makes a bitter racism difference
FOOTBALL always remains the world’s No 1 sport. No other activity, be it cultural or political, commands the emotion, passion and allegiance, certainly of men and women, in the same way.
Football is the cultural lingua franca of Asian, African and European men yet it is the serious fault line of racism in most parts of the world.
That football is the popular crucible of race means that it reflects the tensions and prejudices in wider society from Croatia to China, England to Egypt and Senegal to even Singapore.
The academics have said football has the capacity to exacerbate those tensions or ameliorate them. In Spain, it exacerbates them; in England, it probably ameliorates them. But that could so easily change.
Some may say, over a century ago, it was no different from Spain to England, where racism remains deeply entrenched in football. Goalkeeper Arthur Wharton became the world’s first professional black footballer when he signed for Rotherham in 1889. He played a paltry six games for seven clubs over 16 years.
Over the following 70 years, only a handful of black players succeeded even in the most popular English Premier League (EPL).
I reckon the growing xenophobia and anti-immigrant feeling on the rise in most European countries, including Britain, fuels the sensitive troubled spots.
Even Sol Campbell, one of four black men to captain England, knows it’s easier to say black or white as it’s a global complex character. He was one of the greatest defenders of his era, and one of the most taunted.
Campbell recalls his problems at Tottenham Hotspur began early and went way beyond the fans. A serious and disciplined young man, he signed youth forms at 15, in 1989, and made his debut three years later. He was still only 18, but he believes he should have been selected earlier.
Channel 4 sparks furious race row after ‘blacking up’ white woman so she can ‘live as a Muslim’ for a week in new show
Katie Freeman went “undercover” as a British Pakistani Muslim for the programme My Week as a Muslim, wearing a hijab and prosthetics to make her nose bigger.
She is heard admitting in the trailer that she normally “wouldn’t want to sit next to” a Muslim “in case they blow something up”.
The concept has sparked a furious race row, with hate crime charity Tell Mama saying it “crosses a line” and is “offensive” to Muslims.
“The most offensive bit is the gross exaggeration of features of the face, and that blurs the line, pandering to stereotypes of race and religion actually,” Fiyaz Mughal, founder of Tell Mama, told The Independent.
“They did not have to do the ‘blacking up’. You could have taken somebody who is willing to talk to Muslims but in that journey experienced what Muslims experience by shadowing, using a secret camera, listening to what happens around women’s role in Islam, this could have been done without pandering to some quite silly 1920s stereotypes.”
Mr Mughal accepted the premise was “coming from a positive place”, but added the manner in which it was executed was “offensive”.
“You can still make it really interesting for the public you don’t have to end up doing something quite covert and unsettling and racial that has crossed the line,” he said.
Ms Freeman said she was shocked at the racist abuse she received on the programme, saying at one point she considered pulling out of the show.
She said: “It makes me ashamed to live here. I was raging and fuming inside. But I also felt vulnerable. What harm was I doing?”
White nationalists march again in Charlottesville
White supremacists lit tiki torches and gathered on Saturday night near the statue of American Civil War general Robert E Lee in Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, a focal point in recent demonstrations that turned violent.
The park was one of the scenes of the so-called Unite the Right protests on August 11 and 12 during which a white supremacist killed anti-fascist counterprotester Heather Heyer.
On Saturday, local anti-fascist counter protesters confronted around 40 supporters of the alt-right, a loosely knit coalition of white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
Richard Spencer, a leading figure alt-right figure and head of the Virginia-based National Policy Institute think tank, was among those who attended.
Videos and photos posted to social media show alt-right demonstrators holding short speeches in front of the statue, as anti-fascist counterprotesters challenge the white supremacists.
White supremacists lit tiki torches and gathered on Saturday night near the statue of American Civil War general Robert E Lee in Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, a focal point in recent demonstrations that turned violent.The park was one of the scenes of the so-called Unite the Right protests on August 11 and 12 during which a white supremacist killed anti-fascist counterprotester Heather Heyer.On Saturday, local anti-fascist counterprotesters confronted around 40 supporters of the alt-right, a loosely knit coalition of white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis. Richard Spencer, a leading figure alt-right figure and head of the Virginia-based National Policy Institute think tank, was among those who attended.Videos and photos posted to social media show alt-right demonstrators holding short speeches in front of the statue, as anti-fascist counterprotesters challenge the white supremacists.White supremacists lit tiki torches and gathered on Saturday night near the statue of American Civil War general Robert E Lee in Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, a focal point in recent demonstrations that turned violent.
White nationalist flyers removed from university campus
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Two days before white supremacists gather for a conference an hour to the west, flyers advocating one white nationalist group were removed from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville after they were found in violation of campus policy.
“The most precious possession you have in the world is your own people,” the flyers read. They include the cog and pitchfork symbol associated with the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist group.
The flyers were posted in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building and were removed Thursday because they were found to be in violation of the campus’ literature distribution policy, university spokeswoman Karen Simsen said.
The policy requires any posted literature to be affiliated with a student organization or on-campus department. It does not say anything about hate speech or restricting the types of messages that can be distributed or posted.
The flyers were removed because no one from the university appeared to have posted them and no affiliation was included in the material, Simsen said in email.
“I can’t speculate on the ‘what ifs,’ but we have a process for evaluating materials (that are compliant with our literature distribution policy) while ensuring that we uphold the First Amendment,” Simsen said in response to a question about whether hate speech propaganda would be allowed to be distributed if it met the affiliation requirements.
The incident comes as the role of free speech on college campuses is being debated nationwide, and as universities are grappling with a rise in hate speech incidents.
The issue came to the forefront following a deadly protest Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Va., where hundreds of white supremacists gathered that day and the night before near the University of Virginia campus to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
White supremacist summit convenes in Tennessee
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — White supremacists from Stormfront, an online forum with more than 330,000 members, traveled here this weekend for a conference replacing what had been billed earlier as their annual Great Smoky Mountains Summit.
Don Black of West Palm Beach, Fla., a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and the forum’s founder, announced the Sept. 30 weekend event in July.
In the time since the forum’s domain hosts removed the site from the Internet, Black became ill and withdrew from its planning, according to Billy Roper, another prominent white supremacist who took over the conference.
Saturday also is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and the holiest on the religion’s calendar. Roper, whose ideology is neo-Nazi according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the date of the conference was a coincidence.
Stormfront’s Web domain was released Friday, and the website is up and running again.
Roper waived the registration fees and began giving out the location to interested people who emailed him. Based on the emails, Roper insists this Stormfront summit may be the largest ever.
“I keep getting more and more e-mails and (instant messages) from more people who are coming to the replacement conference next weekend,” Roper wrote in the forum. “Especially now that they know that it’s free and if they’ve prepaid they won’t be using up their ‘credit’ paid to Mr. Black by attending!”
Though Black first advertised the event as taking place in the Smoky Mountains near Knoxville, Tenn., it has since been moved further west to Crossville.
And it’s not the only gathering of a far-right group this weekend. The Gulf Coast Patriot Network, which says on its Facebook page that it is a collection of Southern anti-government militia and Patriot groups, will be rallying 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Saturday and Sunday in support of a 1906 Confederate monument in Shreveport, La., that has been recommended for removal.